Report Card

Ravens Gameday

Ravens 37, Giants 14

December 13, 2004|By Mike Preston

Quarterback: Kyle Boller was sharp most of the game and made some nice reads picking up blitzes. He showed some touch on the alley-oop passes to Clarence Moore and Todd Heap. He made some plays out of the pocket with his feet for crucial yardage in the first half. It was a pretty good effort against a horrendous defense. Coach Brian Billick put Boller at risk, having him throw bombs late in the game in an attempt to run up the score.

GRADE: B

Running backs: Jamal Lewis had quick feet in the first quarter. He showed no signs of rust, but a decision on him for next week will be made today. If he does play against the Colts, it will be interesting to see how much the Ravens use him playing on turf. Chester Taylor turned in a steady performance, always churning, falling forward and gaining yards.

GRADE: A

Receivers: OK, let's not get carried away. He's No. 84, tall, can leap out of the building and wears purple. He's Clarence Moore. He actually made Boller look better than he played by catching those two touchdown passes. Tight end Todd Heap had five catches for 76 yards and two touchdowns. Travis Taylor had another big drop, which is just another day at the office.

GRADE: A

Offensive line: The Ravens dominated at the point of attack, especially on the left side behind tackle Jonathan Ogden and guard Edwin Mulitalo. The right side also did well collapsing on the back side and allowing cutbacks. The Giants put some pressure on Boller, but for the most part, he had time to throw.

GRADE: A

Defensive line: Poor Eli Manning. The Giants quarterback is going to be seeing end Marques Douglas in his sleep. The Ravens had only two sacks, but that has to be a misprint. When they weren't smacking Manning around, linemen Kelly Gregg and Tony Weaver were smacking down his passes.

GRADE: A

Linebackers: Giants running back Tiki Barber had 55 rushing yards, and he earned every one of them. New York couldn't control inside linebackers Ray Lewis and Ed Hartwell against the run and outside linebackers Adalius Thomas and Terrell Suggs against the pass. Suggs made left tackle Luke Petitgout look very bad.

GRADE: A

Secondary: Are the Giants' receivers slow, or what? Even when they did get separation, Manning couldn't get the ball there. Cornerback Gary Baxter led the Ravens with eight tackles and had one interception. Safety Ed Reed also had an interception. The best move of the day was cornerback Chris McAlister falling for a double move down the left sideline, then leg-whipping a wide-open Ike Hilliard. It looked like pro wrestling.

GRADE: B+

Special teams: Kicker Matt Stover continues to be the offensive MVP, hitting three field goals. B.J. Sams is impressive as a gunner, but still is scary handling punts and kickoffs. Kickoff coverage could use some improvement, too.

GRADE: B

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